Expert Briefs

CFR scholars provide expert analysis and commentary on international issues.

No Great Firewall Will Save Europe

Author: Steven Dunaway

Talk among major economies is intensifying over a "financial firewall" to contain the eurozone crisis. But CFR's Steven Dunaway says the emphasis should be on pressing debt-saddled states to make reforms that will improve their growth prospects.

See more in Financial Crises; Europe

How Afghanization Can Work

Author: Linda Robinson

What is the best way to stabilize Afghanistan at a time when international forces are scaling down commitments? Putting Afghan troops in the lead of their own counterinsurgency efforts, writes CFR's Linda Robinson.

See more in Afghanistan; Defense Strategy

Tunisia at the Crossroads

Author: Victoria Taylor

Tunisians triggered the first of the Arab world upheavals, but can they sustain support for democratic changes? CFR's Victoria Taylor says the elections for a constitutional assembly will test Tunisia's political maturity.

See more in Tunisia; Political Movements and Protests

The Path Forward on NCDs

Author: Thomas Bollyky

The 2011 high-level UN meeting on non-communicable diseases fell far short of the major funding and targets agreed to at a similar meeting on HIV/AIDS a decade ago, which CFR's Thomas Bollyky says indicates a need for different actors and approaches on chronic diseases.

See more in Diseases, Noncommunicable; Global

Author: Francis E. Warnock

U.S. lawmakers' brinkmanship over raising the debt ceiling could have prompted a series of moves--the downgrading of U.S. debt by Standard and Poor's being one--that could cause a selloff of U.S. securities and an end to the primacy of the dollar, writes CFR's Francis Warnock.

See more in United States; Financial Crises